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Step into Care - Lothian Care Academy YPG/NTTF

Campus OL - Open Learning/Cross Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 5

Study mode Open learning

Duration 6 weeks

Start date Feb 2024

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Course overview

This is a 6-week (9 weeks if you include college holidays) online course which will introduce students to a career in Social Care, where opportunities are many and varied. The course has been co-developed with the Lothian Care academy and has strong links to full-time and part-time employment with partner social care providers at the end of the course. Completion of this course will also help you decided if you would like to enter our full-time educational pathway.  The course has been designed for those who enjoy working with people, are compassionate, have a sense of fun and are seeking a new rewarding career helping others live their lives to the full.

Participants will be able to work through the learning materials at their own pace, extending their learning through videos and links to further information. A college tutor will be available to provide support and encouragement to ensure participant engagement with all the topics, and to monitor progress.

At the end of the course, participants will have a final online meeting with a tutor who will check their understanding of all topics covered and discuss next steps.

What you will learn

Delivered via the online learning platform RISE, this level 5 introductory course will cover the following:

  • Theme 1 Introduction What is Adult Social Care? The rewards of working in the sector and the opportunities for progression
  • Theme 2 Use of Self Introduction to value-based care, the importance of good communication and working as part of a team
  • Theme 3 Best Practice Duty of care, SSSC, Care Standards, safeguarding and boundaries, infection control, digital-enabled care
  • Theme 4 Reflective practice Defining reflective practice and its importance, model for reflection, and learning from effective reflection
  • Theme 5 Next Steps Exploring progress and career opportunities, Scottish qualification structure, employers’ views, service users’ views, employment, and further study opportunities.

How the course is assessed

  • Via online completion of learning tasks
  •  A course tutor will be assigned to the group who will deliver weekly group sessions and also offer 1-1 support and guidance for all candidates throughout the 6-week programme, including an exit meeting. 

Number of days per week

  • Flexible learning

Entry requirements

  • No formal entry requirements, must demonstrate an interest in working in a care-related environment.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5 

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • Progression can lead directly to our full-time Social Care course. Employer links will also be supported for those intending to enter the workplace directly upon completion. 

Career options

  • The qualification provides a route into both social care courses and directly into employment.

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
OL - Open Learning/Cross Campus Open learning 19/02/24 6 Weeks

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